Meet Our Staff

 

As a small agency we pride ourselves on our effectiveness and the individual attention we give to each and every one of our clients. The staff at Child to Family Connections are members of the local community. We are able to connect with families, individuals, children, other agencies and organizations on a personal level.

BreAnn Chisholm, Executive Director 

BreAnn started working for Child to Family Connections in 2006 after she returned to the Meadville area.  For 12 years, Bre managed operations in the Venango County office, initially overseeing the program of Family Group Decision Making and then increasing the programming to include Restorative Community Group Conferencing, Family Finding, and Crisis/Rapid Response Meetings.  Bre trained as an Instructor and Portfolio Advisor for the Family Development Credentialing program (FDC) and also served as the Chair for the Western Region Family Group Decision Making meetings from 2015 to 2018.  In 2018, Bre was promoted to the position of Executive Director of CFC and currently oversees all aspects of the agency.  Bre graduated from Towson University with a Master’s of Science Degree in Women’s Studies and Public Policy.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Penn State University in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Women’s Health.

Kate Ogello, SWAN Supervisor

Kate graduated from Edinboro University with a Masters of Education degree in Elementary Education and holds a Pennsylvania K-6 teaching certification. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Recreation and Hospitality Management. Kate is the SWAN coordinator and works with county agencies to help youth in the foster care system.

Marie Schwartz, Foster and Adoption Program Supervisor

Marie has worked in the Foster and Adoption programs at Child to Family Connections since 2004 and currently serves as the Program Coordinator. She enjoys working with families in order to provide stable temporary and permanent families for children in care. Marie has a degree in Geology from Allegheny College as well as Middle and Secondary Education Teaching Certification from Edinboro State University. Prior to working in foster care and adoption, Marie worked for the READ program as an Adult Basic Education instructor. Marie and her husband reside in Meadville and have three adult children.

Nikki Bauer, Senior Accountant

Nikki graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She has been with the agencies Accounting Department since 2010. Prior to coming to the agency Nikki was employed for 17 years with another social service agency in the Finance Department where she became a Regional Finance Director. Nikki has lived in the area most all her life and enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and animals.

Heather Duke, LCSW

Heather is a licensed clinical social worker who coordinates the Family Behavior Therapy program at Child to Family Connections. Heather has been with the agency on and off for almost 10 years, working in the field of addiction and mental health. Heather graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Since this time, she has worked under supervision to obtain her LSW and then later, her LCSW. Heather’s positive approach comes naturally and it works effectively when added to the strength based approach in Family Behavior Therapy. She is the lead therapist as well as the program coordinator. She works closely with county child and youth services to serve those families who are involved because of drug and/or alcohol concerns. Not only does Heather have experience working in addiction but she is also trained in trauma, mental health, relationship issues, family dynamics and co-occurring disorders. Heather has lived in this area most of her life and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children outside of work hours.

Kathy Woods, Adults Direct Support Services (ADSS) Supervisor 

Kathy attended Edinboro University where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  She has worked in the ADSS program since 2012, starting as a Direct Support Professional and now serves as the Program Supervisor. Kathy has lived in Crawford County all of her life and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and son.  

Amanda Witherell, Supervisor of Venango Programs 

Amanda attended Allegheny College, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She has worked in social services for the last 10 years. Currently Amanda is the Supervisor of Venango Programs in the Franklin office, and oversees the family engagement contracts with Venango County including Family Group Decision Managment, family finding, and Crisis/Rapid Responce Meetings. She enjoys spending her free time in nauture and being active outdoors.